The burningman camping checklist
And extended philosophical treatise, based on 12 years of this madness.
2011: Note! Tickets are Sold out!
Refer to the Burningman website for more details!
OK, so a friend (Ranger Wish!) mentioned that my 5 (8?!?!) year old post, was still showing up on Google searches. In fact came up as a very early entry. So, I updated the old post, (as Google still points to it) and am posting it here, behind a cut.
If time permits, I will add a bit about Bikes as well, as someone suggested in 2009. This is long and involved, and has *evolved* over the last 5 years. There are some plugs for people and companies that are pretty cool. If you have issues with corporate America and or Consumerism, that is fine, you can Gloss over that stuff.
Hint: It takes a lot of technology, manufacturing, effort and "stuff" to make this "gift economy" work. Especially if you *expect* people to give you everything you need to survive. Please prepare appropriately.
So, after 5 years to cook and congeal here is my newly minty fresh Camping list:
I wrote this, as a lark, pulling from a series of lists, some from REI, (where I was working) and some from the Sierra Club (where I was taking a survival course).
Little did I know, that it would be around 10 years later, much less that Google would pick it up, on one of their spider searches, and that a few thousand people would be looking at it.
First and Foremost: Take nothing to the Playa, you would not willing throw into a fire. Simple sounding, Right? Think about it. People she shiny stuff, they covet it, you lose track of reality, they *help* you lose track of reality, and suddenly that camera bag, with 11 lenses is "gone". So, before you pack, think twice.
OTOH: I love other lists. My (real life) friend Crunchy makes a great one. Someone emailed her 2 years ago, "I spent 3,000 dollars to get all the stuff on your list".
Um. "Duh?" (these are suggestions people!)http://www.crunchymama.com/downloads/BmanList2011.pdf
I love this one too!https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjfpdcSNNTpFdHpQMkJ6bzd0eUNrMTM2QnBVZlhkRVE&hl=en_US
I hilight something as:
RED: when I need to obtain/borrow/buy it
Yellow: When it is sitting in a pile in my livingroom
Green: when it is packed, in a sealed container, with a number on the bin. The bin number, is put into the comment section.
Obsess much? (yep!)---- Then I print a (color!)hardcopy to help me find stuff!
Regardless of which list you use, These are ***suggestions***.
They can be spread out among the people in your car, or your whole camp, or you can show up with flip-flops, a Linus blanket, and 3/4 of a gallon of water. (Don't!!!!). But this may help you think...
2011 Update: Driving!
I-80 between Sacramento and Reno is Fuxxored this year, due to nearly continuous construction and detours. Expect *hours* of delays. 395 route, from Southern CA is absolutely preferred, this year. Details and live map link:http://traffic.getacross80.com/
Also: 395 driving, Gasoline!
There is a tribal owned gas station *just north* of Bishop on 395. On the left (West) side of the street, across from the Beef Jerky place. Don't panic, but it is past *all* the other gas stations located inside Bishop.
Because they are tribal owned, (it is on-site with a Casino), gas tends to be as much as 40 cents a gallon cheaper. (no state/federal taxes!)
40 cents might not sound like a lot, until you are filling a 100 gallon RV tank.
It will be 2.6 miles north of the center of Bishop. You will already have made the left turn, heading up towards mammoth.
Paiute Palace Gas Station
2750 North Sierra Highway, Bishop, CA
(google map, showing distance from center of Bishop to Gas station)
If you like all the effort, we put into it... stop by Greeters Camp (6:00 and D street, directly behind center Camp), ask for Enigma. Topless Deb can tell you if I am sleeping, playing, or sitting in my "shelter".
Trinkets, pictures and gifts are always appreciated. There is a card table out front of my space as well... for such things!
So. Here goes the update:( Collapse )